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Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States of America and home to the White House. After winning the American Revolution against the British, the city was established and named after the first president of the U.S. and founding father, George Washington. The city is where the United States Federal Government sits and is sometimes referred to as the political capital of the world. It's no surprise that D.C. happens to be one of the most visited cities in the world, housing over 20 million tourists per year. If you're visiting in the summer, expect a lot of humidity -- the city was built over what used to be a swamp!
There are so many great spots in Washington, D.C., it was hard to choose just one! Springtime is the perfect time of year to visit Washington D.C. and see the infamous cherry blossom trees. Every spring, people from around the world visit the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for a glimpse of the iconic pink-and-white trees. The Cherry Blossom Festival is a month long, so make sure to plan your trip ahead of time to come during this time of year! In the area you can also stop to visit the cherry blossom pop-up bar that is decorated to match the real trees themselves.
Top Places to Eat in Washington D.C.: Comet Ping Pong, Old Ebbitt Grill, Byblos Deli, Indique, Ambar Capitol Hill, Barmini, Eastern Market, Union Market
Monuments: Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, MLK, World War II Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Short Trip Away: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum, Great Falls (Maryland or Virginia side), Baltimore Harbor
Museums: Smithsonian, Museum of Natural History, National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Art
The White House has a total of 35 bathrooms.
When the Washington Monument opened in 1884 it was the tallest structure in the world, until the Eiffel Tower in Paris took the title in 1889.
The city averages 39 inches of rainfall a year — more than Seattle!
Fifteen percent of DC residents speak a language other than English.